Cellular Imaging Core

Children's Hospital Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Cellular Imaging Core

Center URL: http://www.iddrc.org/childrens-hospital-boston/index.php
Core URL: http://www.iddrc.org/cores/cellular-imaging/

Core Personnel
Core Director: Chinfei Chen, MD, PhD
Core Assistant Director: Anthony Hill, PhD

Core Description

The Cellular Imaging Core offers fee-based access to specialized hardware and software for confocal imaging, scientific visualization, and image analysis. The objective of the Cellular Imaging Core is to provide affordable access to state-of-the-art equipment, services, training and advice for projects using microscopy and image analysis techniques.



  • High quality digital microscopy with a wide range of objectives (1X - 100X)
  • Quantitative, high-resolution imaging of molecular architecture and cellular ultrastructure
  • Multi-label fluorescence imaging that allows intracellular localization and co-localization of large number of antigens (up to 10).
  • Awake behaving Multiphoton Microscopy
  • In vivo and live cell imaging over hours to days
  • High temporal resolution time-lapse imaging using confocal microscopy
  • Advanced microscopy methods including FRAP, FRET
  • Quantitative calcium (as well as other cations such as magnesium and zinc) imaging with the confocal microscopes
  • Optogenetics
  • Tiling and Stitching
  • On-site Consultation

Image Analysis

  • 2-D and 3-D reconstruction 
  • 3D anatomical brain mapping
  • Serial section reconstruction
  • Accurate quantification using stereology
  • Deconvolution
  • Co-localization
  • Movement tracking
  • 3D quantitative volume measures
  • Custom analysis
  • Interactive and automated filament tracing 


Microscopy Component

  • Zeiss LSM700 Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope
  • Zeiss LSM 710 Multiphoton/Confocal (replacing a Zeiss LSM 510)
  • Perkin Elmer Ultraview Vox Spinning Disc Confocal
  • Olympus DSU Spinning Disc Confocal
  • Neurolucida System (Leica microscope)
  • Nikon E800 widefield microscope (oil objectives)
  • Nikon 80i field microscope (dry objectives)
  • Nikon Ti Eclipse Inverted live
  • Zeiss Array Tomography system
  • Olympus MPE-RS In Vivo Multiphoton Microscope

Image Analysis Component

  • Metamorph Advanced Image Analysis Workstation
  • Volocity Image Analysis Workstation
  • Imaris Advanced Image Analysis Workstation
  • Neurolucida Unbiased Stereology and Quantitative Volumetric Image Analysis


Last Edited: 12/27/16 12:00 AM by Theresa Trapilo